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Reviews 940 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not Great but Not Bad – Frat parties are the best, but there are also a number of really good house parties. Considering how small the school is, the nightlife is pretty good. And it's even better when you know a lot of people :)

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Hidden Treasures – There are a number of really delicious shops in Meadville. Some of my favorites include Creative Crust which is a bakery and Reginella's which is an Italian restaurant.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Unusual Combinations – What sets Allegheny apart from other schools is that students are required to have a major and a minor, and both have to be in different academic fields. I feel that this has helped me to become a more balanced individual and has permitted me the freedom to nurture multiple interests.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'm Lovin' It! My overall experience at Allegheny College has been a positive one; I really enjoyed the personal interaction with professors, and although you have to work really hard, there are plenty of resources to help you succeed. I really broke the bank coming here, but I feel it'll be worth it.

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1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Paraplegics Are Pushed Aside – The campus is not very handicap friendly. Because the majority of on-campus buildings/housing are considered historic landmarks, they cannot be altered or brought up to code. Only the newest buildings are handicap accessible, so anyone wheel-chair bound who wanted to study here would be limited in the choice of their major/where they could stay. So if you do have a handicap that limits your mobility, you will probably not be happy here.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Poor Public Transport – but if you have a car, you are allowed to have it on campus from freshman year. Allegheny provides the Loop, which runs every ten minutes, but only two days a week. There is also the local bus system, but I have never used that. Downtown Meadville is a ten minute walk from campus, so it isn't really necessary to do anything but walk there.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: ...but it is there if you want to take advantage of it. Greek life is something I never wanted ot get involved in, so when touring colleges, I always made sure Greek life didn't dominate the social scene, and that's what I found at Allegheny. Frat parties are still open to me, and they are sometimes a good time. Sororities aren't allowed to have housing on-campus, instead they are given suites in Brooks (one of our main dorms). I never joined a Sorority, but I have a good friend who is a member and while it is a big commitment for her, it doesn't dominate her life, and we are still good friends.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Happy at Alllegheny – Our campus is really beautiful; it's one of the reasons I chose to come to Allegheny. It has lots of old brick buildings and brick walkways. Our library was renovated in 2007 and our gym is also pretty new. I really love our campus center: it incorporates the post office, a dining hall, a coffee shop, a game room, an art gallery, music practice rooms, and a performance auditorium.
Although Allegheny is located in a relatively boring place, Meadville, I have never found the campus lacking in things to do. There are always school and club-sponsored events going on around campus, and there are planty of cute locally-owned eateries and cafes in Meadville.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love Greek life! Most of the parties on campus are thrown by frats, and for the most part anyone is allowed to go. All the Greek organizations help out with different projects and activities around campus. There is no competition between the organizations.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We Have a Good Sports Program. The sports at our school are well supported. I know people that go to all the games, but there is no pressure to feel obligated to go if one does not want to. The athletic facilities at Allegheny are awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have been intellectually challenged at Allegheny. However, whenever I am having a hard time, my professors happily meet with me to make sure that I fully understand the material. Overall, it's a great learning environment.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Totally Unpredictable – Allegheny has a "no snow days EVER" policy, which considering how much snow there can be, can be brutal. Aside from the snowy months, miserable cold and rainy days can end up back to back with 75+ degrees and perfect sunshine.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Peaks and Valleys – Housing varies a lot but so does the pricing that goes with it. Regular dorms of doubles/triples and the near unheard of quads are standard pricing but singles, houses and College Court (apartment-style living) cost a little bit more but are a lot nicer. North Villages I and II cost the most, I being by far the nicest living on campus and is penthouse style.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: No Big Deal – The only drug people do at Allegheny is generally pot. People are pretty chill at this campus, and there I've only heard about other drugs being used once. Security doesn't seem to intent on busting people for it either; they take a long time to show up to people's rooms if the RA's report drug use.

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2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lack of Boys – Boys at Allegheny tend to fall into three categories: totally awesome but taken, too awkward to function, and douche bags. Some people find romance, but there's not the best girl to guy ratio (more girls than guys).

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Basically Safe – I generally feel very safe on campus. However, there has been a bunch of strange things happening to students because of people who live in the community. Security has been pretty much on top of things, though.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Liberal Arts, Literally Liberal – Gays and lesbians definately find a comfort and home in this community along with blacks. Although there may not be such a huge diversity, it is certainly greater than many schools and continues to grow every year, especially international students. The college is heavily dominated by liberals and democrats with little room for republicans to voice their opinions.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computer labs all over campus with printing capabilities and internet access, though it does make things easier to have your own laptop, especially with the wireless printing.

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College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus, but I know you lose some financial aid. I am told, however, that in the long run you end up saving money. Off-campus housing would have been something I seriously considered had I not been so utterly dependent on my financial aid.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in the Brooks complex the first three years of my collegiate experience, and it certainly left a lot to be desired in terms of privacy, cleanliness and noice. I now reside in North Village the first, which is incredible and I love having my own room while still having people around me. That said, it is incredibly expensive--if something could be done to reduce the cost, or if I was given the option of not having to have a meal plan (especially since I have the smallest, which ends up being the most expensive per Brooks swipe), it would be much easier on me financially.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Brooks N' Kins – Brooks all-you-can-eat dining tends to be not stellar by any means; McKinley's a la carte has much improved since my freshman year, especially with the addition of local breads, muffins and produce, but the prices tend towards the outrageous--4.50 for a sandwich? 7 for a salad with meat? I might as well go downtown for slightly better quality food and more reasonable prices. The dining staff, though, for the most part, are really excellent.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Unusual Combinations – Allegheny prides itself on allowing students to study with "unusual combinations" of majors and minors in mind. The course work allows for free thinking and prepares us for careers or grad school. There are many study abroad, volunteer, internships, and summer work programs.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Their Own World – Greek life doesn't dominate the college, but they definitely make their presence known. They do much charity work and are often friendly, but some groups have bad reputations. It's a personal thing, and most people respect that.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Free Printing Is a Perk – There are free computer labs located in many locations, and printing is free and unlimited. Sometimes the library gets easily crowded, but you can always find a spot somewhere. The network speed is often slow, but it's gotten better. Most people have their own computers and wifi.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Are the Easiest – The buses take to the most general spots in town and are free for students. Since everyone on campus is allowed to have a car, the buses aren't used very frequently but are definitely a good option.


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Something commonly heard from recent graduates is how much easier graduate programs were after the rigorous Allegheny courseload. Whether at grad school or at their first job out of college, Allegheny graduates have the skills to succeed in their fields. When considering their time at Allegheny, most students are very thankful for the education they received and all of the great people they got to know. There are so many different kinds of people and points of view that students are encouraged to do anything they truly want to do. Most people feel that they have really grown and changed as a result of the Allegheny experience—and in a good way.

There are students who have regrets or who feel they were in some way disappointed with their Allegheny education or experience. For one thing, Meadville does not provide the kinds of opportunities or the nightlife that a big-city university would. Succeeding at Allegheny is a lot of work and students looking for a party school will not find it here. It takes a lot of time and effort, and for some, it might not be worth it. But all that time and effort is meant to pay off, and for hard-working students, it does.

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